William "Bill" Hugh's Story
William “Bill” Hugh Melanson, 87 years of age, of Seabrook, N.H., formerly of Newburyport and Vero Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Country Center for Health & Rehabilitation in Newburyport with his family by his side.
He was born in Danvers, on January 24, 1930 to Rene and Harriet (Irving) Melanson, and was the third of five children.
Bill married the love of his life, Pauline, on July 12, 1953 and was a loving and loyal husband for 64 happy years. He was a dedicated father of his son, William.
He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a crew chief on a B-26 Invader with the 162nd Reconnaissance Squadron and the Air Force Reserve.
After leaving military service he continued his devotion to community service, including working on the Newburyport Economic Development Commission and the Public Safety Committee for Police and Fire Department in Newburyport. He was elected to the Newburyport City Council and served the city for 18 years. He never missed a Council meeting.
Bill always had a smile and a handshake for everyone he met, and was ready to lend a helping hand anytime.
He loved to dance. Every weekend, Bill could be found spinning his lovely Pauline around the dance floor. They and their friends followed their favorite bands, The Steve Daniels Quartet, and The Joe Contrino Band, all over the north shore, dancing the nights away.
He would often be found at late night coffee haunts, debating politics with his cronies until the wee hours of the morning. He loved a good ‘discussion.'
Bill was an avid collector, whether it was coins, stamps, or antique glass bottles. He keenly enjoyed the search to find the ‘right’ pieces and to pore over those collections, reminiscing and retelling stories about the hunts and the finds for each piece.
He loved his dog, Patches, who was dedicated to him and was usually right under his feet, regardless of what he was doing, because she knew he would be sneaking her treats whenever Pauline wasn’t looking.
A life-time Red Sox fan through all of the “thin” years, he was thrilled to see their World Series successes. He enjoyed going to Fenway with his family to cheer on his favorite team.
He was deeply loved and will be missed by his wife of 64 years, Pauline A. (Blonda) Melanson; his son, William J. Melanson and his wife Kathleen of Newburyport; one sister, Katherine Melanson Carbone (deceased) and her husband, Joseph (deceased); three brothers, Rene Melanson and his wife, Joy of Broken Arrow, Okla.; Robert Melanson and his wife, Danielle of Seabrook, N.H.; Jean Melanson and his wife, Mary of Seabrook, N.H.; his niece and goddaughter, Karen Carbone Anthony and her husband, Tyrone “Terry” Anthony; his niece and goddaughter, Sharon Higgins Dunning and her husband, Michael; many nieces and nephews; two granddaughters, Sierra Black; Arwen Gleason and her husband, Matthew; and six great-grandchildren, Rio, Serena, Caden, Toren, Sorcha and Phaedra.
The Melanson family would like to thank the kind and compassionate staff at Country Center for Health & Rehabilitation for the care they provided to Bill during his final months, making him feel at home and loved.
He will be greatly missed and forever cherished.
Friends are invited to visit with the Melanson family on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Elliott, Woodworth &. Rogers Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Published on  October 21, 2017